Vinod Kumar Shukla was born in 1937, in Rajnandgaon, and after attending local schools he went to university in Jabalpur, where he studied agricultural science. For most of his working life, he taught at Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur, from where he retired as associate professor in 1996. His subject was agricultural extension, which meant travelling to the surrounding villages and acquainting farmers with new agricultural techniques. This is not the usual trajectory of your great writer, but therein lies the paradox of Vinod Kumar Shukla. Shukla writes in Hindi and the lecture will consist of a brief introduction to the man and his work, followed by a reading of his poems, excerpts from his autobiographical essay 'Old Veranda', and two of his short stories in English translation. (The essay and stories are translated with Sara Rai.)
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is a poet, critic, translator, and editor. He lives in Dehradun, India.
Valerie Foster Githinji
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
South Asia Program
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